Junior Johnson, NASCAR Hall of Famer and former moonshiner, dies at 88

Junior Johnson, NASCAR Hall of Famer and former moonshiner, dies at 88
NASCAR Hall of Famer and former moonshiner Junior Johnson has died at the age of 88, according to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. (Source: WBTV file photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - NASCAR Hall of Famer and former moonshiner Junior Johnson has died at the age of 88, according to NASCAR officials.

NASCAR officials say Johnson “had been in declining health and entered hospice care earlier this week.”

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France sent out a statement shortly after the sad news was announced:

According to NASCAR’s website, Johnson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in its inaugural Class of 2010.

“He won 50 races in NASCAR’s top division - the most of any driver without a championship - and added 132 victories and six championships as a successful team owner for many legends of the sport," the website states. "Johnson won the second running of the Daytona 500 in 1960, then added two more triumphs in the Great American Race as a car owner in 1969 and ’77.”

France’s statement concluded, "The entire NASCAR family is saddened by the loss of a true giant of our sport, and we offer our deepest condolences to Junior’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

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